I love living in a third world country.
As a matter of fact, I prefer it in almost every way. But, there are some things that are so much more difficult to accomplish… simple things, like finding good dark chocolate, or going to the dentist!
Since we were due for an appointment, we made the quest to find a good dentist. Here is how we conducted the search.
Step #1 – We asked all the locals we know where we could find a reputable dentist. Everyone recommended we go into the big city of Trujillo. We narrowed it down to one guy and even managed to get a real physical address.
Step #2 – Find physical address. This can be more difficult than one might think since there are virtually no signs anywhere.
The strategy to finding anything in Peru is simple, get into a 3 block radius and then just start asking random people on the street.
Although we’ve grown accustomed to the streets of a third world city, they usually feel somewhat dicey. I’m always keeping one eye on Stevie and the other on the people around us.
You can’t allow yourself to get distressed or distracted when you find that your destination is in a shady looking building, which requires you to be buzzed in through an iron gate.
Step #3 – Keep the faith. Don’t focus on the surroundings when you’re looking for someone you would trust to put a drill in your mouth.
After walking up two flights of stairs and down a long abandoned dark hallway, you may be surprised to find a tiny room with bared windows and what appears to be a modern dentist chair. Jackpot.
In the end we were both impressed with our find. The dentist was great. And good thing, because it looks like someone has a little cavity. 🙂
Coinciding with our adventure to the city happened to be our one year wedding anniversary!
I know that nothing says “celebration” like a trip to the dentist, but we also decided to take the opportunity to try one of the nicer restaurants in town, appropriately named “Il Valentino.” It was great.
And in true Stevie fashion, she surprised me with another hard to find gift… dark chocolate!
I seriously can’t believe that it’s been a whole year since we made our vows on a beach in El Salvador. We crammed so much into that year. It’s a blur. So many countries, so many experiences. It was the best year of my life for sure. I really can’t wait to see what the next year brings.
New countries, new friends, new experiences. Bring it on!
Remember the El Salvador Wedding